Environmentalism, morality and prostitutes

by Peter

It is surprising how often my assumptions about people are contradicted by facts. I have always assumed that people concerned with environmental issues were somehow a little more ethically minded than most others. It would at least seem logical that those are engaged an seemingly idealist struggle against the evil forces of commercialism would have higher standards morally than the rest of us.

However, this does not seem to be the case. The Danish newspaper Politiken reports that

The global climate challenge may have been on the daytime agenda during the recent World Business Summit climate conference in Copenhagen, but in the evenings many businessmen, politicians and civil servants are reported to have availed themselves of the capital’s prostitutes.

“We’ve been extremely busy. Politicians also need to relax after a long day,” says ‘Miss Dina’, herself a prostitute.

So, during daytime these people make speeches and proclamations about the importance of protecting the environment. And when the conference is over, they go out and buy a prostitute.

To me this does not sound so good. I am not so sure I will bother to listen to these guys the next time. And, what can I say? I was wrong again.

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